White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pumpkin Cookies: a perfectly soft and chewy cookie to get you right into the mood for fall!
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Once the girls have their jammies on at night, we usually hang out on J's and my bed and watch some sort of Disney show. A is super into it but T is hit or miss with shows at this point. She instead likes to spend that time hanging with us and gets especially playful and giggly around this time.
Usually she'll climb on my lap and I'll sing Little Bunny Foo Foo to her. This is definitely a favorite of hers and she's at the point where she even tries to do the hand motions with me. She especially loves the part of the song where it goes "I'll give you one.....last....chance..." and gets all excited when I tap the tip of her nose at this part. And of course after that it goes "...and then I'll turn you into a Goon!!" and I tickle her little belly and she erupts into a fit of giggles.
I think part of what makes this amusing to her is the anticipation of the tickles. That's one thing I've noticed about my little ones in my time as a mommy. Anything involving anticipation is super fun and amusing to them. So, of course I add that into many songs and games.
T also loves Itsy, Bitsy Spider. If she's upset or sick, it's the only song she wants to calm down to. She straight up says no to every other song!! She also likes the hand movements with that one and sometimes takes my wrists and makes my hands clap to it.
A also created a sort of game that T is now obsessed with. She'll stand in the middle of our bed and go "Ahhhhhh" which builds up into her falling over onto the bed. Sometimes both girls will get going with this and each fall culminates with tons of giggles. Other times A is super engrossed in whatever show is on and T will do it on her own and crack herself up.
On the nights that T is super active and A is more into relaxing, I'm always impressed by how patient A is with her little sis. She never gives T a hard time when T is climbing all over her, even though she clearly just wants to watch her show.
Other nights, will be a bit quieter and both girls will snuggle up next to each other. Usually, A will take her BahBah (her blanket) and cover herself and T with it. And of course, my heart explodes!
Is it officially pumpkin season? While my first inclination is to answer no, I'm seeing pumpkin stuff popping up everywhere! So, even though I'm still craving (at least) a few more weeks of summer, I'm waving my white flag and surrendering to fall.
So I did it. I jumped on the pumpkin train. Interestingly, I'm not a huge pumpkin fan. I'll eat it and all, but it's not my fav. Also interestingly, I don't actually enjoy white chocolate. I am a devoted dark chocolate lover and I find white chocolate to be extremely sweet. And while I do enjoy mac nuts, they're not generally my go-to nut (I'm a hazelnut fiend!). So naturally, I put all these things together into a cookie! Makes perfect sense, right (sarcasm.)?
I don't know why, but I just felt like this combo would make a killer fall cookie, and I was happy to find that I was right! These produced the most perfectly soft and chewy cookie. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved them!
Full disclosure: this is a variation of Nestle's Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies. I've yet to find a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love as much as that one and I had a feeling it would translate pretty well for these (I wasn't wrong!).
I was a little surprised that they rose as much as they did, but I'm assuming it's because I subbed the pumpkin in for some of the butter. But the pillow-y texture actually played really well when combined with the crunch of the macadamia nuts. I've been loving my Silpat Perfect Cookie baking sheet liner so that they're perfectly spaced!
These have absolutely made their way onto my Must-Make-This-Fall list and I hope they will make their way onto yours too!
Other great fall treats include:
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites
- Orange Cranberry Torte
- Bloomin’ Baked Caramel Apples
- Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkin
- Apple Spice Muffins
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Pies
- Candied Pecans
- Coffee Snickerdoodles
- PB&J Brownies
- Ginger Almond Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookie Bars
- Pumpkin Spiced Latte Cake
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pumpkin Cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. Pumpkin Spice optional- add this if you want a more pronounced pumpkin flavor
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup macadamia nuts roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Beat butter, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until well combined.
- Add the eggs one at a time beat after each addition.
- Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt gradually until everything is just combined.
- Stir in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
- Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!
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